The 2018 season has now finished, all the club’s trophies and prizes have been won and we now look forward to our programme of winter golf, which commences on Saturday 3 November – what better way to burn off a few calories ahead of the annual dinner dance and prize giving that evening and reminisce on one of the best summers in recent memory?
The Club Singles knockout competition was won by club Captain Andy Lothian, consolidating on an excellent season. He defeated David Watt, who has also enjoyed a strong year.
Another member who has enjoyed plenty of success is Jim Crawford who added the Captain’s prize to the Gordon Lockhart Cup and finished the year with a win in the final medal of the season, posting an excellent net 72 on the Kings course and getting himself back to single figures for the winter!
This was the event that sealed the Order of Merit which was won by Mike Page despite a frantic dash back from Nashville by Andy Lothian, whose effort to compete in the final event was frustrated by a missed connection at Heathrow Airport! It was also the last chance for anyone to win the Donaldson Salver, which is awarded to the lowest net score during the season. But there was little chance of anyone beating the score set earlier in the year by Tony Moran – a brilliant 65 on the Queens course on 6 June, just pipping Eddie Gibson and Frank Johnson.
The Medal Final was won by Tony Moran (scratch) and Mike Page (net). Mike also picked up the Blue Tees competition and was the lucky recipient of a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label whisky very generously donated by David Watt. The final pairs event, the George McKelvie Trophy was won by Paul Kelly and David McCutcheon with an excellent better ball score of 60 on the Queens course.
It has been a great season for Dun Whinny. The final club match of the year yielded a comfortable win against the Dukes Golf Club, giving a record of played 9, won 6, lost 2 and drawn 1. This is very creditable for such a small club.
We have also attracted new members in greater numbers than ever before with eleven new members joining during 2018.
So, the club is in good heart as we head for 2019 and beyond. Next year should be very special with the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. The 2019 fixtures are very nearly agreed and will soon be sent to all members – something to whet the appetite during the shorter days ahead.